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Monday 06/29/2015
Know Your Pipe Type And Catch Leaks Early
Updated: June 30, 2015 - 2:33 am

(NewsUSA) - The saying "They don't make things like they used to," may apply to the plumbing in many homes built in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. During those decades, polybutylene was considered the great future of plumbing for the home. Pipes made from polybutylene (PB) cost half as much as traditional copper pipes, and they were lightweight and easy for contractors to install.

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Sunday 06/28/2015
Bug Off
Updated: June 29, 2015 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) A yard that is lush, green and free of weeds shows evidence of healthy lawn maintenance. However, many homeowners overlook an important aspect of lawn care that can affect not only the health of the yard, but also your family. Nuisance pests such as fleas, ticks, ants, spiders and more can transmit diseases and cause allergic reactions for both people and pets.

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Savvy Storage Advice for Renters
Updated: June 29, 2015 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) Just because you don't own your home or have a permanent abode, does not mean you can't be neat and organized in the place you currently hang your hat.

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Party-Perfect Deck
Updated: June 29, 2015 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) Whether you’re hosting an al fresco gathering for friends or celebrating a summer holiday with loved ones, an outdoor living space is the perfect place for your big event.

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Connected Home Conveniences
Updated: June 29, 2015 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) For busy families juggling to keep up with the pace of life, technology brings convenience and peace of mind to home life, making things easier for all of us. At the touch of a button, new technologies meet the needs of busy families who benefit from thoughtful, technological shortcuts throughout the house.

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A Kitchen Designer Tells All
Updated: June 29, 2015 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) When remodeling your kitchen, it can be tricky to know where to start. Certified Kitchen Designer MaryJo Camp has been there, in more ways than one. As a designer certified by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), Camp has designed thousands of kitchens in her 35-year career – including her own. With a newfound personal understanding of remodeling challenges, Camp has pulled together her top tips for a successful kitchen revamp.

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From Front Porch to Back Patio
Updated: June 29, 2015 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) Not only is your home a reflection of your own unique style, it’s that cozy nook you look forward to at the end of each day. Happy homeowners know it’s essential to keep up the comfort inside and out. From the sleek designs and functional convenience of kitchen appliances to smart tech tools that help you keep your grass greener and your water consumption in check, use these ideas to help you enjoy that beautiful space you call home.

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10 Ways to Stay Organized All Day Long
Updated: June 29, 2015 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) Organization is essential for keeping stress at bay throughout the day. Whether you’re getting the kids ready for school, tackling household chores, preparing meals or getting everyone ready for bed, there are several things you can do to maximize time, space and peace of mind.

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Tips for selecting the right decking material for your outdoor living space
Updated: June 30, 2015 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - When you’re designing and building a dream outdoor living space, you have more options than ever. But how do you know which material is best for your home? The good news is that you don’t need a degree in deck building to master the differences between the various types of decking materials and selecting the best one for your needs.

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Friday 06/26/2015
Home Safety Month: 10 Tips For Protecting Your Children At Home
Updated: June 27, 2015 - 2:33 am

(NAPSI)—With the summer months upon us, children will be spending more time at home, so it’s important to make certain they are safe as their endless summer fun fills the house and backyard. In honor of Home Safety Month this June, the American Cleaning Institute (ACI) wants to help ensure your home is safe while your children are out of school for summer. Following are 10 easy safety tips for planning ahead and keeping a safe home.

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Sunday 05/31/2015
5 tips for a seamless moving process
Updated: June 08, 2015 - 2:37 am

(BPT) - Packing up your entire life and moving it somewhere new is an exciting, yet intimidating task. Whether you’re moving across the country or just down the street, you’re bound to experience all the ups and downs of the moving process. Between the packing, moving and eventual unpacking, the process seems never ending.

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Monday 05/25/2015
Planning a home improvement project? Financing is the first tool you'll need
Updated: June 02, 2015 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - If you’re planning a home improvement project this year, you’re in good company. The economy and housing market are recovering, home values and equity are rising, and many homeowners are beginning projects they had put off over the past few years. A recent report by the Joint Center of Housing Studies at Harvard University predicts that the home improvement industry could post record-level spending in 2015.

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Tuesday 05/19/2015
5 ways to boost your home's curb appeal
Updated: May 27, 2015 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - Spring and summer continue to be the most popular months for selling your home, according to Realtor.com. And with many homeowners staying in their houses for an average of 13 years, your home will surely need some sprucing up to add to its curb appeal. By following a these simple steps, you can increase your home’s value without breaking the bank.

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Sunday 05/17/2015
How to tackle your home's stubborn stains and odors
Updated: May 25, 2015 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - From wall stains to washing machines, indoor stains and smells can be a challenge to tackle. Luckily, there are surprisingly simple methods to erase them for good. Here are a few tips to freshen up the most stubborn spots in your home.

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Wednesday 05/06/2015
Smart Ways to Spruce up a Small Space
Updated: May 07, 2015 - 2:33 am

(StatePoint) Giving a design facelift to small spaces may seem challenging. But you can make more of every square inch with creative solutions.

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Getting Set to Sell: Which Home Upgrades Matter Most?
Updated: May 07, 2015 - 2:33 am

(StatePoint) Whether you’re preparing to sell, or just looking to increase your home’s value, it’s important to think about strategic upgrades -- and not just how; but where to remodel. 

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Wednesday 04/29/2015
Quick tips to reduce moving stress
Updated: May 07, 2015 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - Moving brings exciting possibilities of a different neighborhood, fresh spaces to decorate and new family traditions to be made. But it also means leaving behind people and places you love. While some sentimental items can be taken to your new place, many memories just aren’t transportable. That’s why it’s even more important to protect those goods that can make the move.

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Glass act: How modern fenestration improves a home's energy efficiency
Updated: May 07, 2015 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - Most people probably think of windows and skylights only when they’re buying or selling a house, when they get dirty, when they leak, or when the kid next door lobs a baseball through one. Yet the glass in your home is arguably among its most important features, directly impacting the structure’s overall energy efficiency and livability.

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Wednesday 04/08/2015
How to determine the true value of home improvements
Updated: April 16, 2015 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - As the U.S. housing industry continues to emerge from the Great Recession, signs are pointing toward positive recovery. In fact, a recent report from the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University states that the home improvement industry could see record spending in 2015. It’s news like this that may have you contemplating an update to your house. Even if you plan to stay in your home for years to come, it’s important to consider which home remodeling projects offer the potential for a positive return on investment.

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Monday 04/06/2015
One smart update can upgrade your entire home
Updated: April 14, 2015 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - If your home is 10 years old or older, your garage door is probably a plain-Jane raised-panel steel door that adds little or nothing to the overall design of your house.

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